Little Big Town helped represent country music at the 2016 Grammys by supplying a powerful performance of their smash hit, “Girl Crush”.
Presenter Ryan Seacrest introduced the group, telling viewers to prepare for a version of the song “you’ve never heard or seen before.” Moments later, the group appeared on-stage in all-black attire, surrounded by a circle of string players.
The crossover hit was transformed into a soaring orchestral ballad that was driven by frantic violin and the band’s stellar harmonies. While the track became a huge country hit for the group last summer, this new version showed how easily the song could fit into many different genres.
Although the altered accompaniment brought the track to a new level, Karen Fairchild’s vocals stayed the main focus and kept the rendition from feeling too overdramatic or cheesy. The move also signaled the band’s constant efforts to push the boundaries of what’s expected from country music artists. Even when the single was slammed by many country disc jockeys for its “controversial” lyrical content following its initial release, the band refused to waver. After fans and fellow musicians rallied behind the band and their song, “Girl Crush” went on to break records and became one of the most successful singles in recent country music history.
The memorable performance was a great way to mark an incredible night for the band, who walked away with the Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Girl Crush” and Best Country Album for Pain Killer.